Alumna to deliver Silveira lecture March 22

Ruth E. BaltusRuth E. Baltus, a 1977 Oswego graduate and professor of chemical engineering at Clarkson University, will deliver this year’s Augustine Silveira Jr. Distinguished Lecture at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in Room 101 of Snygg Hall on campus.

She will discuss “Room Temperature Ionic Liquids: Will They Move from Curiosities to Commodities?” The lecture will be free and open to the public. A pre-presentation social gathering will take place at 3:45 p.m. in the same room.

Room temperature ionic liquids are viewed as environmentally friendly organic salts that “offer new and novel opportunities for catalytic reactions, separations, electrochemistry and combined reaction and separation processes,” Baltus wrote in her abstract.

“Perhaps the most intriguing feature of these unique materials is that they have no measurable vapor pressure and therefore do not emit potentially hazardous volatile organic compounds,” she explained. “For this reason, they have been touted as ‘green solvents’ that may have application in clean manufacturing.”

In addition to being this year’s Silveira Lecture, Baltus’ talk is included in SUNY Oswego’s weekly Science Today lecture series.

After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Baltus earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She joined the Clarkson faculty in 1983 and has taken sabbaticals in the General Electric Research and Development Center and the Oak Ridge Natural Laboratory.

The annual lecture is named for Augustine L. Silveira Jr., a popular and prolific distinguished teaching professor of chemistry. Silveira received more than 50 grants and awards during his 37 years at Oswego before his retirement in 2000.

The fund for the lecture series was established by Thomas Weil, a 1966 Oswego chemistry graduate who recently retired as general manager of research and development for Amoco Chemical Co.

For more information on the lecture, call the SUNY Oswego chemistry department at 312-3048.

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(Posted: Mar 02, 2006)